Letter to Speaker Hastert Calling for Outside Counsel to Investigate DeLay Scandals
Dear Mr. Speaker:
Since the beginning of the 109th Congress, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct has failed to function in its critical role of enforcing ethics rules in the House. As the Ethics Committee remains stalled due to a stalemate over staffing issues, allegations continue to abound about ethics violations by Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and other members on both sides of the aisle. Yet the committee is incapable or unwilling to address these ethics issues.
The failure of House of Representatives to police one of its most powerful members is hurting the integrity of the institution. As Speaker, you have ultimate responsibility for maintaining the integrity and credibility of the House. We call on you to intervene in the current impasse by directing Ethics Committee chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to preserve some essence of bipartisanship and end his effort to appoint his own staff member to manage committee affairs.
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